Online Programs

Minnesota State Mankato’s online programs fit the needs of working professionals and busy adults who want to advance their careers, complete a degree or build new skill sets.

Master's Programs


Minnesota State Mankato's Master of Accounting program provides students with the credit hours necessary to become a Certified Public Accountant. The 12-month program offers an exceptional value to both new graduates and anyone seeking to shift gears and pursue a career in accounting.

Applied Health Science

The Applied Health Science program is focused on training students in health promotion and disease prevention to prepare them for employment in public health and community health agencies, health care organizations, and wellness programs.

Aviation Safety

The Master of Science in Aviation Safety is designed to prepare individuals for positions directly or indirectly relating to aviation safety and security. The program emphasizes applying aviation safety knowledge to real-world applications and cultivating aviation leaders and professionals.

Business Administration

The MBA Program is designed to provide the leaders of tomorrow with the tools they need to succeed in a global business economy.

Communication Studies

The Communication Studies MS degree is typically sought by students interested in gaining knowledge directly applicable to a specific career path. Students usually plan a career in business or industry upon graduation.

Communication and Composition

Communication and Composition is an inter-disciplinary program designed for individuals with an interest in teaching both communication and composition at community colleges and technical colleges.

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice graduate program provides students with evidence-based practices and practical skills to advance their professional and academic careers.

Educational Technology

The Master of Science degree in Educational Technology emphasizes innovative uses of technology to support teaching and learning and addresses the needs of diverse students across face-to-face, hybrid, and distance learning environments in synchronous and asynchronous modalities.

Elementary Education

The M.S. in Elementary Education program prepares in-service, licensed K-12 teachers from around the world to be leaders in the field of elementary education. 

Elementary Teaching

The M.S. in Elementary Teaching program prepares students to obtain a MN K-6 Elementary Teaching License. This program is intended for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and are now interested in seeking a K-6 teacher licensure program.

English Education

The MA in English: English Education offers secondary English teachers the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of English and to develop knowledge in other areas.

English: Literature and Composition

The MA in Literature and Composition is an interdisciplinary program designed for those with an interest in teaching in both areas.

English: Literature and English Studies

The Master of Arts in Literature and English Studies provides students with a firm foundation in British, American and World Literature with coursework that includes theory, teaching college-level literature, broader surveys and more specialized author, period and genre courses.

Forensics and Communication

Students interested in the Forensics and Communication MFA typically want to pursue teaching/coaching positions in an academic environment or want to pursue professional careers involving public speaking, training and development, or public service skills.

Information Security Risk Management

Our online Information Security and Risk Management master's program takes an applied approach to graduate education. Our courses bridge information technology with leadership, professional communication, and management skills.

Nursing: Advanced Professional Nurse

Advanced Professional Nurse graduates are prepared for a variety of advanced professional nursing roles and will possess skills for inclusive and equitable advanced nursing practice in diverse settings.


Our M.S. and licensures in Reading prepare in-service K-12 teachers from around the world to be effective teachers of reading through coursework that focuses on applying research and theory in the field of reading education to a K-12 classroom practice.

School Library and Information Studies

The School Library and Information Studies program offers convenient, focused, high quality instruction that fills a rapidly evolving professional need in Minnesota and nationwide.

Spanish for the Professions

The MS Spanish for the Professions degree serves students who are pursuing an advanced degree in Spanish for work in a variety of professions.

Special Education

Graduate programs offered in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Early Childhood Special Education, and Learning Disabilities are designed to prepare professionals to work with students with disabilities in school settings

Sport Management

The Sport Management program prepares students with sport business concepts that help students plan and manage sport at the professional level, in college athletics and many other areas.

Teaching and Learning

The Master of Science in Teaching and Learning program is available to all teachers who wish to broaden their knowledge base, enhance their classroom performance and better serve the needs of learners.

Technical Communication

The graduate program in Technical Communication prepares students to be professional information developers, technical or professional writers, and editors who are skilled at using the written and spoken word, along with visuals.

Graduate Certificate Programs


The Graduate Certificate in Assurance is designed for students and professionals that want a solid foundation of knowledge in assurance services.

Business Leadership

The Business Leadership certificate program focuses on both understanding and practicing the skills critical to effective performance as a leader in any organization.

College Student Affairs

The program curriculum for the graduate certificate is delivered 100% online and focuses on student affairs administration and college student development through a social justice approach.

Communication Education

The graduate certificate in Communication Education (GC-CE) is designed for individuals who hold a post-secondary degree in a different discipline and are seeking to expand their education to teach communication courses at a community or technical college.

Computer Keyboard and Related Technology

The Graduate Certificate in Computer, Keyboard, and Related Technology is an Educational Technology Endorsement that responds to the growing needs of P-16 education in providing equitable instruction for diverse students in the technological environment.

Cultural Diversity

The Cultural Diversity graduate certificate program provides graduate students/professionals who earned a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to acquire cross-cultural competency skills and expertise.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

The Culturally Responsive Teaching certificate program emphasis is placed upon facilitating graduate students in strengthening and broadening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to function effectively as educators.

Curriculum and Technology

The Curriculum and Technology Graduate Certificate provides educators with research-based skills and frameworks to meet the curriculum and technology needs of diverse student populations with the goal of creating equitable student-centered learning experiences.

Cyber Risk Analysis

The Cyber Risk Analysis graduate certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to analyze cyber risks, communicate cyber risks to technical and non-technical audiences, and to take steps to manage those risks.

Educational Technology for Adult and Professional Learners

The graduate certification in Educational Technology for Adult and Professional Learners is focused on leveraging technology to create positive change in education through adult and professional learning, partnerships, leadership, and design.

Elementary Math Pedagogy

The Elementary Math Pedagogy graduate certificate program is designed to provide educators with the fundamental pedagogies for teaching mathematics in elementary schools.

English Literature

The English Literature graduate certificate provides students with a foundation in British, American, and World literature, and elective coursework in theory and more specialized author, period, and genre courses.

Family Consumer Science

The Family Consumer Science certificate program provides the professional who already has a teaching degree or who is working on a graduate teaching degree with the necessary courses to meet the MN standards for teacher licensure in Family Consumer Science Education for grades 5-12.

Instructional Design and Educational Technology

The graduate certificate in Instructional Design and Educational Technology is focused on using design models and instructional technologies to reduce barriers and create equitable access to learning.

Online and Blended Learning

The Online and Blended Learning certificate is focused on educators becoming highly effective in implementing equitable uses of digital technology to address the needs of diverse students across face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environments in synchronous and asynchronous modalities.

Planning and Students' Learning

The graduate certificate program emphasis is placed upon facilitating graduate students in strengthening and broadening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to function effectively as educators.

Political Science

The Graduate Certificate in Political Science is designed for secondary and post-secondary school teachers and instructors who would like to further their professional development, meet post-secondary faculty qualifications, or earn their first credits toward an eventual master’s degree.

Professional Communication

The Professional Communication certificate prepares students with the skills to communicate in a variety of professional contexts including corporate, nonprofit, and government. Through theory and practice, students will learn to craft and adapt strategic messages for professional settings.

Psychology: General Psychology

The Psychology graduate certificate provides a broad exposure to the major areas of psychology, as well as opportunities to apply psychological science to real-world issues.


The Graduate Certificate in Reading is designed for licensed teachers who want to add a MN Reading Teacher License or community college faculty interested in teaching developmental reading.


The Sociology Graduate Certificate program provides opportunities to apply sociological perspectives and research to real-world issues.

Spanish for Professionals

The graduate certificate program prepares current K-12 teachers or practicing professionals with a competency-based Spanish courses that develop their writing and oral competencies in Spanish and their multicultural literacy.

Special Education

Programs in Academic and Behavioral Strategist, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Early Childhood Special Education, and Learning Disabilities prepare professionals to work with students with disabilities in school settings.


The Graduate Certificate in Taxation (GCT) program is designed for students and professionals who want a solid foundation of knowledge in tax .

Teacher as Leader

Teacher as Leader courses examine effective approaches that increase student-teacher, student-student, and student-community relationships, how to develop, lead, maintain, and sustain learning communities, and examine the role of the professional teacher as leader and scholar.

Teaching Writing

The Teaching Writing graduate certificate enables current and prospective teachers (Grades 5-College) to develop expertise in teaching writing.

Technical Communication

The Technical Communication graduate certificate program prepares participants for careers in technical communication, emphasizing current industry practice in the research, writing, editing, and publishing of (print or online) technical documents

Technology, Equity and Accessibility for Learners

The Technology, Equity, and Accessibility for Learners graduate certificate is focused on providing educators with research-based theories, frameworks, and models for effectively using technology to meet the needs of diverse students.